A Goose on the Move
May 24, 2012
This is an involved story - please pay attention. Mik
Storer (in Australian) designed the Oz
Racer. Perttu (in Finland) modified that design and came up
with the Ocean
Explorer. When the idea of a Goose
came along, they worked together to design the Ooze
Goose - a 12' version of the Ocean Explorer. Rick L. (in Canada)
made the first one, but never put it in the water. When Rick
visited earlier this year, we got to talking, and it was decided
I should take it on the Texas
To sum up: This project involves 3 continents, 2 designers, 1 builder,
and 1/2 a sailor.
Rick and I decided to meet halfway - around the town of Marysville,
Wa, ~220 miles from home.
The first thing you need for a boat swap is a trailer. I borrowed
one from longtime boating buddy (and fellow Texas 200 participant
this year) David B. I like the flags - it helps drivers remember
there is something between their front bumper and my rear bumper.
I picked up another boating buddy, Hal C., and we headed towards
Seattle. As we neared Portland, it POURED rain on us.
Our meeting place was a empty lot near a Cabella's store. I've
never seen a sporting goods store this big - that's a damnkiller
whale chasing salmon in the rafters. Wait a minute, that's a funky
looking welcome kiosk they have . . .
OK, two firsts for me on this trip: The giant sporting goods store,
and the first store I've visited with a Firearms Check-in kiosk.
My first glimpse of an Ooze Goose. It has a very Canadian paint
job, don't you thnk?
Oh oh oh! That's a BIG 12' boat.
Rick and Hal looking at some of the finer points of construction.
Boats, especially Goose type boats, are very personal constructs
- one does not simply assume command of another's vessel without
some time to acclimate. Rick had me check out the cabin lights and
then showed me the rigging options he'd been considering.
And there it is, loaded up and ready for the trip - first to Oregon,
then on to Texas. Rick's wife, Terry, was very happy to see the
stern of the Ooze Goose. It turns out this is actually the second
one Rick built - the first one had rotted away as it sat, unused,
through a Canadian winter.
Interesting side story:
Rick said this was the easiest, best border crossing he'd made,
even though he was committing egregious violations of border transportation
etiquette: Transporting an un-papered, unregistered boat; Bringing
across something he wasn't bringing back; and Meeting someone in
Washington who doesn't live in Washington - It had all the appearance
of a classic drug deal.
Instead of being locked in a little room and interrogated, he said
the guard asked him "What kind of boat is that? Did you build
it? Where are you going to sail it? TEXAS! That's amazing!"
Then the guards in the other checkpoints started calling his booth
asking the same questions.
The Ooze Goose: Breaking down international barriers at every stage